50+ Best Willie Nelson Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Willie Hugh Nelson is an American musician, songwriter and guitarist. The critical success of the album Shotgun Willie, combined with the critical and commercial success of Red Headed Stranger and Stardust, made Nelson one of the most recognized artists in country music. Inspirational Willie Nelson quotes will challenge the way you think, and make your life worth living.

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Most Famous Willie Nelson Quotes

I never gave up on country music because I knew what I was doing was not that bad.

Be here. Be present. Wherever you are, be there.

There are only so many notes so there must be only so many melodies.

There’s a great enthusiasm for good country music all over the world.

When I’m driving the highway by myself is when I write best.

Cruelty is all out of ignorance. If you knew what was in store for you, you wouldn’t hurt anybody, because whatever you do comes back much more forceful than you send it out.

If a song was ever good, it’s still good.

You know why divorces are so expensive? They’re worth it.

When you hear me, you know it’s me, regardless of the song.

I would like to see more airplay for all artists, no matter what age. I think there’s a lot of money being spent toward the young guys, but a lot of the older guys are the ones who blazed the trail for those young guys.

Memories remind us that every moment of our lives, even the most tragic, has contributed to our strength. We’ve gotten through. We’re still here.

I don’t think any person has any special knowledge about what God has planned for me and you any more than me and you do.

I like to stick with music I know I can play. I love classical, but I don’t think I could ever play it. I’m just not qualified.

If you really want to get along with somebody, let them be themselves.

I used to work in the cotton fields a lot when I was young. There were a lot of African Americans working out there. A lot of Mexicans – the blacks and the whites and the Mexicans, all out there singing, and it was like an opera in the cotton fields, and I can still hear it in the music that I write and play today.

When I was about 12, I had my first paying gig – 8 dollars to play rhythm guitar in a polka band. Pretty soon, I ended up playing in all the bars within driving distance of Abbott, Texas.

I started learning my lessons in Abbott, Texas, where I was born in 1933. My sister Bobbie and I were raised by our grandparents. We never had enough money, and Bobbie and I started working at an early age to help the family get by. That hard work included picking cotton. Picking cotton is hard and painful work, and the most lasting lesson I learned in the fields was that I didn’t want to spend my life picking cotton.

Writing books is fun because after I do a show for a couple hours, I’m in a bus for 22 hours. It’s not hard for me to look out the window and tell a joke here and there.

Sometimes there is a 36-piece orchestra going off in my stomach.

I’m just an ole redneck from Texas who ain’t a Democrat or Republican, but I can look at a guy and tell whether I like him or not.

We create our own unhappiness. The purpose of suffering is to help us understand we are the ones who cause it.

You could make any song sound creepy if you wanted. It’s all about the inflection.

Inspirational Willie Nelson Quotes

I started out writing poems before I figured to put melodies to them and play the guitar. Somewhere, there’s a book out there on all those early songs and poems. I hope no one ever finds it. I don’t think it’s my finest work.

Freedom is control in your own life.

The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

I started out really young, when I was four, five, six, writing poems, before I could play an instrument. I was writing about things when I was eight or 10 years old that I hadn’t lived long enough to experience. That’s why I also believe in reincarnation, that we were put here with ideas to pass around.

Three chords and the truth – that’s what a country song is.

I think people need to be educated to the fact that marijuana is not a drug. Marijuana is an herb and a flower. God put it here. If He put it here and He wants it to grow, what gives the government the right to say that God is wrong?

To hell with what people think. Just be who you are and you’ll be happy.

I think most art comes out of poverty and hard times.

It doesn’t hurt to feel sad from time to time.

I think most people realize that our problems are our government, not me and you individually, except that we can – must have some sort of responsibility, because they’re in there and they were elected, so we have to defend ourselves on those lines.

We’ve already been reincarnated about a million times, maybe. It doesn’t make sense any other way.

We are the same. There is no difference anywhere in the world. People are people. They laugh, cry, feel, and love, and music seems to be the common denomination that brings us all together. Music cuts through all boundaries and goes right to the soul.

I’m from Texas, and one of the reasons I like Texas is because there’s no one in control.

Where I grew up, Bob Wills and his western swing was very popular. And western swing is not that far from jazz and blues.

You will never find happiness until you stop looking for it.

Ninety-nine percent of the world’s lovers are not with their first choice. That’s what makes the jukebox play.

When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.

Most of the stuff I’ve read about me has been true.

Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.

I think I’m basically the same guy I always was. Maybe I’ve learned, through experience, to rein in some of the anger and temper they say redheads normally have.

I like myself better when I’m writing regularly.

Great songs stand out wherever they’re from.

You don’t have to be poor to need something or somebody.

I grew up across the street from, you know, the Villarias, which was a great Mexican family there. In fact, there was three houses right across the street from me. So, day and night, I listened to Mexican music, and I’m sure, you know, my guitar playing, singing, writing, whatever, has a lot of Mexican flavor there, but it comes natural.

The first time I got onstage was when I was about 5 years old. It was at a church social, and I had a poem to recite.

When you’re singing, you’re using extra muscles, and it requires a lot of exercise and breathing. You can’t do that if you’re a sissy. If I have any fitness advice for people, I’d tell them to sing more. It’s good therapy, too.

Since I was a kid, music was what I wanted to do. I thought I could make it by my own talents. That’s what I wanted to prove.

You want to be a good parent and you want to be a friend, and it’s hard to be both. You have to balance it as well as you can.

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